The Crock of Gold is a really wonderful, unique book that I was lucky to discover while wandering through the used book store one rainy day. Stephens was James Joyce's appointee to finish the monumental Finnegans Wake in the event that Joyce was unable to do so. The book reminded me a bit of The Wind in the Willows--it seemed that several charming novels were happening at the same time. The plot (inasmuch as there is a central plot) hinges around philosophers and leprechauns. Utterly delightful.